Local Flower Shop News
Village Floral in South Charleston closing after more than three decades in business - Charleston Gazette-MailTuesday, November 28, 2017
Customers wept when they heard the news.After 36 years in business, Village Floral at 4827 MacCorkle Ave. in the Spring Hill section of South Charleston is closing its doors.Owner Jim O’Dell said he decided to close his floral shop, because, at age 83, he’s ready to slow down and leave the business.Village Floral is having a going out of business sale, with remaining items priced at 50 percent off. When everything is sold, O’Dell will close the store, he said.“Fixtures and everything — it’s all going.”O’Dell, however, plans to continue operating his 24-Hour Flower Vendors of West Virginia business, which has flower vending machines in place at Charleston Area Medical Center hospitals.“I’m keeping that business open,” O’Dell said.When the remaining merchandise is cleared out of Village Floral, O’Dell, who owns the building, plans to rent the space to another business or organization.A DuPont retiree, O’Dell started 24-Hour Flower Vendors of West Virginia from the basement of his South Charleston home, where he and his late wife, Janet, would design various flower arrangements for their vending mac...
Wild Root aims to be more than a florist - Spring Hill Home PageTuesday, June 13, 2017
I want them to come in here for more than flowers,” said Kathy Miller, owner of Wild Root Florists.The florist has been open on Main Street in Spring Hill on the Maury County side of the line since April 3, she said. It held it’s grand opening on Saturday.The florist shop used to be home of Floral Studio by Franklin Flower Shop, but closed its doors a couple of years ago. Miller, who worked for 15 years at Franklin Flower Shop, opened her own business and now works at the same place she calls home.The shop, of course, offers flower arrangements and regional delivery service.But, it also is home to consignment items and a greenhouse that offers different plants. She said the greenhouse was definitely important to her and she offers more variety in plants than your would get at a typical big box store.Miller also offers more than just shopping. She said she has a Christmas home decorating service that caters to businesses and homes. That is already keeping her busy.She said since the shop opened business has grown.So, how did she come up with the name Wild Root?“I Googled all the adjectives and nouns that appealed to me and ‘wild root’ was on the same line,” she said, l...
Flower Arranger announce year programTuesday, August 28, 2018
Yasmin Spiegel, who comes to flower arranging from a background in theatre, costume and design will emphasize pushing the envelope in the use of materials and composition.On Dec. 5, Dixon Florist Courtney Kett, a long-time favorite among Davis Flower Arrangers, will demonstrate new holiday décor ideas while traditionally keeping the audience amused with her latest family news and Dixon gossip.Beginning the new year on Jan. 2, 2019, an active member of Davis Flower Arrangers, will lead a workshop for members only entitled “Using Unconventional Materials in Design.” She has had two of her arrangements selected for publication in the 2019 Vision of Beauty calendar published by the National Garden Clubs Inc. One of her arrangements uses panty hose to provide form and color.On Feb. 6, Ron Brown, well known among the Bay Area Ikebana Organizations as a florist and a provider of display arrangements for the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum, will help Davis Flower Arrangers understand what is happening in the flower world just to our west.On March 6, Mary Arakelian, this year’s winner of the Flower Arranger of the Year award for a design used on the National Garden Council’s Vision of Beauty Calendar will discuss the Joy of Creative Floral Design. A member of the Sacramento Floral Design Guild and the Auburn Arrangers Guild, she was well received as a speaker for Davis Flower Arrangers in past years. AdvertisementOn April 3, Sahshah Middleton, a Bay Area florist, will speak with demonstrations based on a lifetime of flower work that began in Singapore and includes being a resident designer for the famous Raffles Hotel. She is from a Czechoslovakian family and has most recently been a show manager for the San Francisco County Fair.Membership in Davis Flower Arrangers costs $40 per year and provides access to eight programs and workshops and the potluck picnic party that will end the year in May.Other activities of The Davis Flower Arrangers that all members are invited to join include providing flower arrangements for the Mary L. Stephens Davis Library, working together with the Davis Senior Center to provide May baskets to shut-in seniors, and providing bouquets for the regional garden club luncheon. The club has also provided bouquets for the Odd Fellows Bingo Fundraiser Games and the group sometimes organizes bus tours to the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum in San Fr... http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20180817/flower-arrangers-announce-year-program
Harvest and Dry Flowers for Year-round EnjoymentTuesday, August 28, 2018
Try laying them face down on a flat surface. Simply cut off the stem and place the flowers face down on newspaper in a warm, dry location. Once dried, you can glue them in place or use florist wire to create stems for arranging.And don’t forget to pick a few seedpods from perennials and ornamental grasses. These have dried, for the most part, on the plants and make great additions to your dried flower arrangements and projects.Consider taking a trip to your local florist or craft store for more ideas and materials for drying delicate flowers. Silica sand works well for delicate blossoms like iris as well as roses, mums and more. Simply fill the bottom inch of a container with silica sand. Remove all but an inch of the flower stem. Place the flower, stem side up or on its side, on the surface of the silica sand. Gently pour silica sand over the flowers until completely covered. Follow label directions. Most flowers dried this way maintain their beauty when dried in the silica sand. Just use a small paint brush to gently remove any remaining sand.Test flowers for dryness before putting them in an arrangement or storing for future use. Carefully rub a piece of the flower between your fingers. If it feels dry it is ready to use. If it still feels moist, continue letting them dry.Store extra dried flowers in a location with low humidity and away from direct sunlight. Consider wrapping with newspaper or kraft paper to prevent crushing and place in a box until needed.Whichever drying method you choose, the result is the same – year-round enjoyment of your garden’s beauty.Melinda Myers is the author of more than 20 gardening books and is the host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.MelindaMyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos. ... http://rockfordsquire.com/2018/08/23/harvest-and-dry-flowers-for-year-round-enjoyment/
Floral design shop opens in downtown VallejoTuesday, August 28, 2018
Pelayo said. “But, it seems like it was meant to be. I picked it right up. I worked there for seven years. I’ve been a florist since before I became a mother.”Pelayo has a 15-year-old son.After gaining all the hands-on experience in her chosen field that she felt she needed, Pelayo took the plunge and opened her own shop.“During my first year as a designer, I happened upon an Ikebana International Show and was blown away by it’s perfection,” she said. “Ikebana is Japanese floral design and roughly translates as ‘stems arranged in a vase.’ The principal behind the design and it’s spiritual roots really resonated with me and I told my family then, ‘One day I will have my own flower shop and I’m going to call it Nikkibana because there is a little piece of me that goes out with every design.’ Six years after that, I started my business.”Nikkibana spent three years on Tennessee Street in Vallejo before an appropriate location became available downtown, she said. She opened at 409 Virginian St. in the middle of July.When asked what it was about working with flowers that she likes best, Pelayo jokingly said, “they don’t talk back,” before getting serious.“I work with people, helping them express themselves; this is what I do,” she said. “Plus, I get to make things pretty all day, and who wouldn’t’ want to do that?”Each Nikkibana floral design is custom; based on as much relevant information Pelayo is able to ascertain to help her create the perfect arraignment for the occasion or the person, she said. Advertisement“First, I find out what it’s for — a birthday; or an ‘I said the wrong thing,’” — and then she asks a few other relevant questions, “and, I create something.”Longtime Vallejo resident and civic activist Paula McConnell, wife of lawyer and City Councilman Robert McConnell, said she... http://www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20180808/NEWS/180809864
Marie Johnson “The flower lady”Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Marie proudly served meatballs and other Swedish delights. Marie was a life member of the Grass Valley Soroptimists, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and the regional FTD Florist association, and was grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in 2007. The Grass Valley City Council and Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed Foothill Flowers50th anniversary, October21, 2016, “Marie Johnson the Flower Lady Day.”Earlier this year Marie and her family received the Dame Shirley Saunders award from Hospice of the Foothills, an honor named for the founder of the modern hospice movement.Marie was sympathetic to woman who were struggling and hired them to work in her shop. She provided practical training and work experience for many disabled students.Marie lived and worked in the heart of Grass Valley and her devotion to the community never wavered. As a woman who had overcome much, Marie believed a person could never be unhappy when they looked into the face of flower. For 52 years Foothill Flowers has delivered beautiful flowers to community and family events, to large gatherings and intimate occasions, and the evidence is in countless wedding and photographs albums on the shelves in Nevada County homes.Marie created floral displays which enlivened gatherings, enhanced celebrations and softened sorrows, touching many lives through her work and kindness and warmth.“She played a part in so many lives,” a friend remembered.Even as life was waning, and she wasn’t able to get to her shop every day, Marie said: “I still get excited about beautiful flowers.” Marie will be buried beside her daughter in Grass Valley’s Greenwood Cemetery. Marie was predeceased by her parents, her daughter and her siblings, Thelma, Emil Jr, Norman and Melvin. She is survived by her two sons and siblings Marra P. Swan and Carl Larson and his wife Dee.Mark and Todd are deeply grateful for the love and care provided to Marie in her last weeks. Thank you to Kathy Medeiros and staff at SNMH; Dr Thomas Kanomata and staff; the Rev. Richard Johnson; Gage McKinney; Debbie Prisk Olsen; long-time friends Tawni and Diane; and the amazing staff at Hospice of the Foothills; and especially caregivers Karen, Wendy and Simone, who treated Marie like a second mom.Submitted to YubaNet... https://yubanet.com/regional/marie-johnson-the-flower-lady/
County Veterans Committee honors Rathbun of ChathamTuesday, August 28, 2018
Murray Winn Rathbun was born Nov. 28, 1947 to Howard and Marion (Winn) Rathbun in Troy. He attended Berlin Central School District and after graduating in June 1965, Murray worked for Seagrott Florist in Berlin.Rathburn was drafted in the United States Marine Corps and was inducted into the service at Garden City, NJ on Dec. 5, 1968. He received basic training at Parris Island, where he qualified expert with the M-16. He then received training in supply services, attaining the rank of E-5 or sergeant. Rathburn was assigned to HQ&S Co., Supply Brigade, 1st Marine Div. in Vietnam as warehouse supply clerk. Although every Marine is a rifleman, Sgt. Rathbun’s duties included just about all the inventory and supply in warehouses, including receiving, inspecting, locating, storing, rotating, safekeeping, issuing, preparing, shipping, material return and disposal of supplies and equipment. As a part of his duty Sgt. Rathbun was charged with the inventory of personal belongings of serious wounded or KIA marines. Having served a year in Vietnam and his term of service ended, Sgt. Rathbun was honorable discharged on July 31, 1970 at San Diego, CA. For his service he was awarded the Republic Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm and frame, Vietnam Service Medal w/cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Rifle Expert Badge.He returned home and continued working for Seagroat Flowers a... https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/county-veterans-committee-honors-rathbun-chatham